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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in Debussy Complete Works for Piano (Vol 1); Sarah's Essential Choice: Prokofiev: Symphony No 5.

This week marks the traditional celebration of Shakespeare's birthday on St George's Day, and Sarah Walker's guest is Dame Harriet Walter, one of our most renowned Shakespearian actresses. The niece of British actor Sir Christopher Lee, Harriet trained at LAMDA and has since worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio. She is an associate artist of the RSC, where she played Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra alongside Patrick Stewart, Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Lady Macbeth opposite Anthony Sher, All's Well That Ends Well (with Peggy Ashcroft) and Twelfth Night, among other Shakespearian productions. She won an Olivier Award for her performances in Twelfth Night and Chekhov's Three Sisters, and won the Evening Standard Award for her performance as Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart at the Donmar (opposite Janet McTeer as Mary Stuart). Most recently she appeared as Livia in Women Beware Women at the National Theatre. Her film credits include The Young Victoria, Sense and Sensibility, Atonement and Bright Young Things.

Her music choices include a romance for piano by Clara Schumann and an unusual version of Rossini's Barber of Seville overture played by an all-female trombone quartet, as well as works by Rodrigo, Butterworth and Beethoven.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: this week (23rd-27th April) a recording by pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano): Debussy Complete Works for Piano, Vol.1 - Preludes Books 1 and 2, CHANDOS CHAN1042.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, baritone Gerald Finley.

10.30am
In the week of Shakespeare's birthday, the Essential Classics guest is the actress Dame Harriet Walter. She shares her musical choices with Sarah.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Country Dance

    Performers: Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Iona Brown (conductor)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS VBD 562179-2.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Beatrice et Benedict: Overture

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 416 952-2.
  • Beach

    Fairy Lullaby 'Philomel, with melody' (Three Shakespeare Songs, Op.37

    Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), James Lisney (piano)

    • BIS-CD-1245.
  • 9.13: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes, Book 1: No.3 Le vent dans la plaine; No.4 Les sons et les parfums tournent dansl

      Performers: Jean-EfflamBavouzet (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10421.
  • Edward German

    Nell Gwyn overture

    Performers: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor)

    • AVIE AV2194.
  • 9.39: Artist of the Week - Gerard Finley

    • Joseph Haydn

      The Creation, at the start of 3rd day: "Und Gottsprach: Essammlesich das Wasser... Rollend

      Performers: Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

      • ARCHIV 449 217-2.
  • Frederick Delius

    The March of Spring (finale of North Country Sketches)

    Performers: Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor)

    • HALLE CD HLL 7528.
  • 9.57: Artist of the Week - Gerard Finley

    • Robert Schumann

      Tragödie (Romanzen und Balladen, Op.64 Nos.3a and 3b): Entfliehmitmir und seimein Weib; Es

      Performers: Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67676.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Francesca da Rimini

    Performers: Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

    • EMI 370065-2.
  • 10.20: Artist of the Week - Gerard Finley

    • Ives

      Remembrance; Berceuse; When Stars are in the Quiet Skies

      Performers: Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67516.
  • 10.30: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Peter and the Wolf, Nos. 14-16: "A big grey wolf"; "The cat climbed up the tree"; "The duc

      Performers: Peter Ustinov (narrator), Philharmonia Orchestra, Philip Ellis (conductor)

      • HEAR THIS CDRSN3027.
  • 10.40: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quintet in C major, D.956: Adagio (2nd movement)

      Performers: Melos Quartet, with Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

      • DG 415 373-2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Preludes, Op.34: No.15 in D flat major

    Performers: Artur Pizarro (piano)

    • COLLINS CLASSICS 14962.
  • 11am

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Symphony No.5

      Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

  • 11.47am

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV1060

      Performers: Andrew Manze (violin/director), Rachel Podger (violin), Academy of Ancient Music

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907155.

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